Haystack Hill State Park
The view from Haystack Hill State Park in Cannon
Located new Cannon Beach
Bible Church, Haystack Hill State Park is a relatively unknown Oregon
State Park that provides a place to get away from the crowds and
enjoy a quiet place with spectacular views. This park is not maintained,
but the hiking trails are relatively easy to follow. There is a
small, raising viewing platform that, although not located at the
highest point, is located where you'll get the best view of Haystack
Rock (see photo above). A small bench on the platform provides a
place to sit and relax.
There are also many places
throughout the park where you can sit and enjoy the forest. The
eastern side of the park is exposed to the traffic noise from highway
101, but the western side is quieter, at times with just the sound
of the surf. If you keep your eyes open, you may be able to spot
local wildlife, such as elk.
An elk herd in Haystack Hill State Park in Cannon Beach
This is an undeveloped
state park. There are no signs. There are no developed trails. There
are two possible ways to enter the park.
Entering The Park
From The North
enter the park from the north, go to the southern end of S. Spruce
street, then continue walking on a trail that heads south from the
end of the road. You'll be in the park.
There are no convenient
places to park on S. Spruce street. The street is unpaved and narrow.
Do not park at the southern end of Spruce, as there is a good chance
you'll be on parking on private property. You are welcome to park
in our church parking lot on Hills Lane. From there it is a short
walk (about two blocks south on Spruce) to the park.
When you get to the
top of the hill (the top of a cliff) there will be views of
the ocean and Haystack Rock. Look for the viewing platform (photo
below) that elevates you above the bushes for a better view.
The viewing platform
is very close to the southern end of the trail. So, if you just
want to see the views, entering the park from the south is the best
Entering The Park
From The South
The park can be entered
from Haystack Lane. To do this, you will be crossing private property.
Please be respectful of the property owners in how you park. Do
not leave behind trash. And pick up and poop your dog leaves behind.
The three pictures below
should help you find the south entrance.
The left photo is looking north on Hemlock Street. The street going
off to the right is Haystack Lane. The trail head is about 2/3 of
the way up Haystack Lane on the right.
The middle picture shows the trail head as it was January 1st,
2015. Go up this trail about 30 yards; turn left onto a trail going
up a small hill; and that will bring you to the viewing platform.
The left picture shows the viewing platform.
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